Diocese of Derry


Clerical Changes Diocese of Derry 2021



14 September 2021 

The Bishop of Derry, Bishop Donal McKeown, has announced the following clerical changes, most of which are effective from 18 September 2021:

Rev Neil Farren, PP Ardmore to be PP Coleraine (Dunboe, Macosquin and Aghadowey).

Rev Dr James McGrory, PP Coleraine, to be PP Ardmore.

Rev Patrick Baker, CC Limavady to be Administrator, Longtower.

Rev Chris McDermott, CC Drumragh (Omagh) and CC Langfield to be CC Limavady.

Rev Malachy Gallagher, CC Glendermott and CC Strathfoyle to be CC Melmount and CC Sion Mills.

Rev Peter O'Kane, to return from the Irish Dominican Province to be CC Drumragh (Omagh) and CC Langfield.

Rev James Devine, to return from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception to be CC Holy Family, Ballymagroarty.

Rev Ignacy Saniuta, on loan from Diocese of Vitebsk and CC Drumragh (Omagh) and CC Langfield to be CC St Eugene's Cathedral, as well as continuing his ministry to the Polish community in the Diocese of Derry.

Rev Roni Zacharias, on loan from the Archeparchy of Changanacherry to be CC Glendermott and CC Strathfoyle.

Rev John P Forbes, Priest-in-Residence Badoney Lower to retire.

Rev Christopher Ferguson, Priest-in-Residence Three Patrons, has requested and been granted leave of absence from ministry from 16 October 2021 until 31 August 2022.

+ Donal McKeown
Bishop of Derry

Issued on behalf of Bishop Donal McKeown by: Rev Michael Canny, Diocesan Media Liaison Spokesperson

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St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
BT48 9AP | Tel: 028 7126 2302

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